‘Somewhat lengthy recovery’ expected for police officer hit by driver charged with OVI

The Miami Twp. police officer is expected to get more treatment today after he was struck by a vehicle whose driver has been charged with being under the influence.

Officer Tyler Simpson is scheduled for his first doctor’s appointment today since being discharged from the hospital after being hit by a pickup truck Saturday night while assisting in an accident scene on an Interstate 75 exit ramp, township Police Chief Ron Hess said.

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Simpson, 28, suffered minor injuries, and was treated and released from the hospital, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

But “we expect this to be a somewhat lengthy recovery,” Hess told township officials Tuesday night.

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Adam Blackmore, 33, of Miamisburg was charged Monday with OVI, failing to proceed with due regard/safety and failing to drive in marked lanes, according to Miamisburg Municipal Court records. He pleaded not guilty to all three charges, and his next court date is May 21, records show.

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Authorities said Simpson was outside a stopped cruiser on the southbound exit ramp to Ohio 725 after 9 p.m. Saturday when Blackmore sought to swerve his pickup truck around the police vehicle and struck the officer. Blackmore fled and was arrested within minutes, authorities said.

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